The upcoming school year will be my 17th year of teaching 9th graders, ranging in age from 14-16, at a 7th through 9th grade junior high school. My students come from very diverse backgrounds. Over 90% of my students receive free/reduced lunch, and many are also from homes where English is not the primary language spoken.
Our school is transitioning to a 1-to-1 Chromebook learning environment in the 2018-2019 school year.
My students will be required to use new forms of technology to enhance their learning and classwork.
Regardless of their challenges, the majority of my students are motivated to learn and make the most of their high school experience, so that they can succeed in college and/or careers.
A welcoming, calming classroom environment is one of the best ways I've found to encourage positive student behavior, and thus, maximize their learning. I prefer the softer light of lamps versus harsh overhead lighting in my own home, and I've learned that my students prefer this as well in the classroom.
Turning off the harsh, fluorescent lights and turning on a few lamps around the room seems to quiet and focus even my most restless teenagers, allowing them to listen to instruction and work more productively.
Some areas of my large classroom are still not adequately lit with the existing lamps, so a couple of new floor lamps would help with this. In addition to the setting the mood to focus with lighting, Also, I occasionally use a scented wax warmer to freshen up the room, so we need additional wax. The kids love the fragrances, and I feel like it makes them more comfortable to be in a homey space.
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